PBS (ended 1998)




Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • A Tail in Twain Part One
      The kids have an end-of-summer adventure in Jackson Park and learn about the power of stories. Wishbone, as Tom Sawyer, has an adventure with Huck Finn in Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".
    • A Tail in Twain Part Two
      Picking up from the last episode, going to explore the No Name Grave in Jackson Park, Wishbone and the kids find a man digging it up. He chases them out of the park and Joe tells Ellen what's going on. She enlists the assistance of Wanda Gilmore and they return the next morning to find out what's going on in Oakdale. Meanwhile, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, still worried about Crazy Joe coming back to kill them, go hunting for treasure in a haunted house, and their worst fear is confirmed when the treasure's owner, Crazy Joe, comes to get it.moreless
    • Twisted Tail
      Twisted Tail
      Episode 3
      A crime wave hits Oakdale, making the kids selective in choosing friends and giving Wishbone a chance to dream of Oliver Twist.
    • Rosie, Oh, Rosie, Oh!
      Wishbone, not wearing his collar, gets taken to the pound where he meets a beautiful female dog named Rosie. The inside story is that of "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare
    • Homer Sweet Homer
      Wishbone dreams of home in Homer's "The Odyssey." Meanwhile, the kids try to save some old trees from developers.
    • Bark That Bark
      Bark That Bark
      Episode 6
      David overloads on responsibilities and doesn't understand the wisdom of asking for help. Wishbone explores the power of wisdom as it lies within two African-American folk tales.
    • Cyranose
      Episode 7
      Wishbone is Cyrano de Bergerac, serenading Roxanne with poetry.
    • The Slobbery Hound
      Wishbone searches for a wandering dog who is wreaking havoc with garbage cans and items in people's yards and porches. Wishbone imagines himself as Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles", where he works to track down a murderer who uses a giant hound to commit his crimes.
    • Digging Up the Past
      Wishbone and Joe meet a charming elderly Oakdale resident who has returned after a long absense, and together they search for a "time capsule" in Joe's backyard. Meanwhile, Wishbone imagines himself as Rip van Winkle, who falls asleep in the forest and wakes up twenty years later to discover that a whole new nation (the USA) has been born.moreless
    • Bone of Arc
      Bone of Arc
      Episode 10
      Samantha becomes the heroine of the boys' soccer team, while Wishbone becomes her ally. Meanwhile, Joan of Arc leads the men of the French Army against the English in Mark Twain's Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. Wishbone is her friend, Louis de Conte.
    • The Impawssible Dream
      Wishbone, while watching Joe pursue his impossible dream of making the book of world records, thinks of Don Quixote.
    • Fleabitten Bargain
      Fleabitten Bargain
      Episode 12
      Joe is dazzled by a virtual-reality machine demonstrated by a cunning salesman at a town fair. Meanwhile, Wishbone, as Faust, learns that making big sacrifices just to gain immediate satisfaction is not necessarily the wisest choice in the long run.
    • Sniffing the Gauntlet
      It’s a battle of words in the class spelling bee. The competition is fierce but when Samantha has an allergic reaction and can’t go to school David is left alone to win it for the team. Meanwhile Wishbone has his own battles to think about. Fighting the Normans and defending the honor of the beautiful Rebecca as Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe.moreless
    • The Hunchdog of Notre Dame
      Samantha befriends a boy named Nathaniel who is having trouble making friends on the hockey team because he is not a very good skater. She spends so much time with him that Joe and David become jealous. Meanwhile Wishbone has his own trouble making friends as Quasimodo standing for and defending Esmerelda in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.moreless
    • Golden Retrieved
      Golden Retrieved
      Episode 15
      Wishbone is distressed with his owner Joe's infatuation with his new mountain bike, which causes Joe to pay less attention to Wishbone, and to act less caring and patient towards him. Then when Wishbone goes missing for a day, Joe realizes how much Wishbone means to him, and how his dog's company is so much more important than his new bike. Meanwhile, as Silas Marner, Wishbone learns the value of human warmth and companionship as opposed to acquired wealth.moreless
    • A Tale of Two Sitters
      Joe & David have to babysit Emily & her friend, interrupting their Saturday plans. When the boys ignore them so that they can play, the girls make a mess out of Joe's house. When Joe & David finally check on the girls, they blame Wishbone for the damage. Wishbone imagines he's in A Tale of Two Cities.moreless
    • Frankenbone
      Episode 17
      David claims that through his experiments he has discovered the secret of life. Wishbone compares the mysterious experiment to the Mary Shelly horror, "Frankenstein".
    • Hot Diggety Dawg
      Hot Diggety Dawg
      Episode 18
      Wishbone digs for Wanda, turning the day into the pages of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.
    • One Thousand and One Tails
      While greed threatens to grip the humans around him, Wishbone imagines himself as Ali Baba among forty thieves. The sheer power of 1001 Arabian Nights seems overwhelming.
    • Mixed Breeds
      Mixed Breeds
      Episode 20
      Secrets abound in all people. Wanda and Mr. Pruitt find that out themselves, as does Wishbone in his visions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
    • The Canine Cure
      The Canine Cure
      Episode 21
      This time, Wishbone imagines The Imaginary Invalid by Molière.
    • The Pawloined Paper
      Joe has a substitute teacher for his class, who he likes a lot. After a word puzzle he makes up about her gets snatched, courtesy of Curtis, Joe must get it back before anyone sees it. Meanwhile, Wishbone tears the living room upside down looking for his toy newspaper, which is right under his nose the whole time, just like where the stolen letter is hidden in today's story "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allen Poe.moreless
    • Bark to the Future
      Bark to the Future
      Episode 23
      Joe learns that his own intellect can never be replaced by modern technology. Meanwhile, Wishbone, as The Time Traveler, finds that in the year 802,701 the lazy Eloi have allowed their intellect to be replaced by technology in H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine".
    • Paw Prints of Thieves
      When Joe gets under the crosshairs for what appears to be a good deed, Wishbone imagines himself as Robin Hood.
    • Furst Impressions
      Furst Impressions
      Episode 25
      While Sam, David, and Joe agonize over finding a date for the pending dance, Wishbone goes over the story of "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austin.
    • The Prince and The Pooch
      When Joe starts thinking about becoming a coach he gets a chance to test his skills coaching Emily's tee-ball team. Meanwhile Wishbone becomes the Prince of Wales and the pauper Tom Canty in Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper.
    • The Count's Account
      Damont gets David into trouble after he uses one of David's inventions. Meanwhile, Wishbone as Edmond Dantes seeks revenge against his enemies in Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo".
    • Salty Dog
      Salty Dog
      Episode 28
      Samantha convinces Joe and David to help her look for a "magic" horseshoe that is rumored to be nailed somewhere inside an old rickety barn in a remote wooded area of Oakdale. Wishbone notes Sam's adventurous spirit and her eager determination to fulfill her quest, and compares her to Jim Hawkins in Robert Louis Stevenson's book "Treasure Island".moreless
    • Little Big Dog
      Little Big Dog
      Episode 29
      In David and Goliath, Wishbone has more bravery than the David we know from this series.
    • A Dogged Expose
      A Dogged Expose
      Episode 30
      Wishbone is Sherlock Holmes, deftly trying to stop a mastermind from the pages of A Scandal in Bohemia while Samantha is unwillingly tangled in a scandal at Oakdale.
    • Terrified Terrier
      Terrified Terrier
      Episode 31
      Now Wishbone feels wounded as he dreams of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage.
    • Shakespaw
      Episode 32
      David runs into no end of problems while staging a production of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
    • Muttketeer!
      Episode 33
      Wishbone is always eager to make friends. He does so in the real world at the local school. And as D'Artagnan, Wishbone makes friends of the Three Musketeers.
    • Hercules Unleashed
      Hercules Unleashed
      Episode 34
      While Samantha seeks the perfect gift for her father's birthday, Wishbone plays up Hercules, seeking the Golden Apples of the Hesperides.
    • !Viva Wishbone!
      !Viva Wishbone!
      Episode 35
      The power of love, for Wishbone, plays itself out in Our Lady of Guadalupe.
    • The Entrepawneur
      The Entrepawneur
      Episode 36
      Based on a portion of the epic poem "Metamorphoses," by the ancient Roman poet Ovid, this episode focuses on the story of King Midas. Meanwhile, Joe is in a "touchy" situation with his friends David and Samantha when he hires them to help run his summer grocery delivery business. See more at RECAPmoreless
    • Pantin' at the Opera
      It's a scary day at the library when the kids meet the former librarian who supposedly died recently. Things get more complicated when Ellen is threatened and reference books start disappearing. Meanwhile Wishbone has a scary story of his own in Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera."
    • Dances With Dogs
      Dances With Dogs
      Episode 38
      Lee Natonabah, a Native-American friend of Joe's, speaks about Navajo culture and story-telling, while Wishbone imagines himself as a young brave in a story that Lee tells.
    • Rushin' to the Bone
      Wishbone dramatizes Gogol's The Inspector General.
    • Picks of the Litter
      The obligatory flashback episode (and the only best-of the series would ever see).
  • Season 2